It’s been an intriguing — and so far pretty good — offseason for the Rockies. Yesterday brought RP Franklin Morales back from the Red Sox and OF Drew Stubbs (eh) from the Indians as utility guy Jonny Herrera and RP Josh Outman got their walking papers from the Rockies. Two good soldiers go from Colorado to winning teams in a fairly even exchange of players probably needing a change of scenery.
The Rox have thus rebuilt their bullpen and added a little outfield insurance (Stubbs) for when Carlos Gonzalez inevitably goes mano a immovable object with an outfield wall. But there’s one name that astounds me for NOT being involved in this makeover: Jordan Pacheco.
I love the guy. He’s a .300 hitter with gap power and the ability to play 3B, 1B, catcher, wherever. Pencil him in, and he goes and hits. Problem is, the Rockies don’t have room in the lineup, with budding superstars at catcher (Wilin Rosario) and 3B (Nolan Arenado), and now with free agent Justin Morneau signed for 1B.
Still … young and cheap, but with a track record of hitting. Why shop a guy like that?
For his own good.
Look at 2012. In 132 games with the Rox, Pacheco had 147 hits, a bunch of them clutch, and 32 doubles. Hits to all fields. Only five homers, but he’ll hit 15 a year somewhere down the road. And yet he absolutely disappeared in the 2013 logjam once Arenado showed up. And 1B Todd Helton wasn’t giving away any at bats during his farewell tour. Pacheco is not a bench player — he’s an energy guy. He’s going to waste away like this, or at least go bonkers.
I hate to even say it, but …
Has anyone called the Yankees?